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Returning pests

The slugs and snails that I collect and deposit in the council garden waste wheelie bin often climb the sides and chill out on the underside of the lid. However, I've only seen one Brian making a break for it out of the bin and back towards my broccoli!

Fortunately, I was still quick enough (just ;) ) to deny him but it's got me thinking, how many remain in the bin until the fortnightly collection takes them away to pastures new and am I being naive in thinking that most will stay in there?


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 31,529
    They can get in - and out.  :)
    Only one way to prevent that. Your boot....

    "Brian"   :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • BigladBiglad Posts: 92
    True FG. However, I'm still up for giving them a chance. There's plenty of greenery in the bin with them so was just wondering what the anecdotal evidence on the forum points towards. At the moment, I think the majority don't leave the brown bin and get taken away but the only evidence I've got is that whenever I open the lid, there are a number of them visible inside. Plus I've only spotted one making a run for it. Obviously, though, I don't maintain a 24-7 guard.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,189
    Slugs get fed to my frog and snails go flying over the dyke and into the potato field behind us. 
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 387
    I put mine in the brown bin too as can't bear to squish them and don't want to use pellets.  Somehow you feel as though you are giving them a chance to live out their days in the huge council compost bin.  Makes me feel less bad than I already do.
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 1,139
    You know how people put trackers on birds .......😄
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 62,294
    The scientist who proved snails have a ‘homing instinct’ marked her snails with nail polish. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,270
    ...on their shells obviously 😁
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 5,462
    Mine go in the green bin too. 
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 62,294
    Cloggie said:
    ...on their shells obviously 😁
    Snails have a foot don’t they ... but do they have pedicures?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,270
    I thought they ARE a foot!  Not in length, not in this country anyway but doesn't the pod part of gastropod mean foot?  Hmm feel a Google coming on.  Eating foot.  Can't be true! 😁
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